Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I've Moved House!

Well, not really but my blog has moved house.

You can now find me at www.alittlebitofhannah.wordpress.com

Sorry for any inconvenience but I feel like wordpress meets my  blogging needs a little bit more. It would be amazing if you continued to read and support my blog over there.

See you soon!

Hannah xxx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Girl Online Ghostwritten - Does It Really Matter?


Unless you've been living under a rock lately you will know all about Zoella, her first book debut and the eventual announcement that she, in fact, used a ghostwriter and did not actually write Girl Online herself.

Before I start this I just want to say that I do like Zoe, I've been watching her videos and reading her blog for about a year now and I think she's a really likeable person, her make up tutorials and fashion hauls have given me a lot of inspiration and I wish I had had someone like her around when I was growing up. But, I just have a lot of thoughts about this whole ghostwriting thing that I just need to write down because i'm really conflicted with how I feel about this whole situation.

Back in June when she first made the announcement, it was implied she would be writing it. Her blog post also seems to imply this.

"I'm sure a lot of you will have heard by now that I'm writing a book [...] I absolutely love writing and ever since I was a  young'un I have dreamt about my very own book, and so this is an absolute dream come true."

She has mentioned quite a few times, the most recent time in a tweet after the news broke, that she received help when writing the book ("everyone needs help when trying something new") and she seems to be using this as a defense against any criticism. Yes, people writing a novel get help from editors and the like, but this is more than just a bit of tweaking or polishing. She didn't write the book, her ghostwriter did. 

I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the concept of ghostwriting, but that's a thought for another day. What matters to me more is the fact Zoe lied. Yes, she said she would be receiving help, but to me, "receiving help on a book" means spellchecking, proof reading, advice..it doesn't mean having somebody write the whole book for you. It would have been so easy for Zoe, when announcing the book, to say "I will be writing this with Siobhan [her ghostwriter]" or "I have so many ideas but I need someone else to write it down for me" I think if she had done this, it would have been fine, it's the fact she implied she was writing it herself which bugs me.

I don't blame Zoe entirely, If someone offered me the chance to bring out a book and make some money without actually doing most of the hard work I would probably take that offer. But the fault must also lie with her management, I feel like they see Zoe as a quick way to make money. She could so easily have brought out a different type of book, Tanya Burr is currently writing a lifestyle type book I believe and I feel like that would have been far more up Zoe's ally (I mean, when has Zoe ever expressed any interest in reading or actually writing a book apart from when she was a teenager?) but Gleam and Zoe knew that her fans would lap up this book, for goodness sake she could bring out a range of toothbrushes and her fans would go crazy. It just seems a shame that Youtubers like Zoe seem to spend more time making money off teenagers than doing anything else these days.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I do like Zoe and I feel like the media has been taking the story a bit too far, it seems a bit wrong that this is practically headline news when Sam Pepper et al never once got a mention, that to me seems like a far more important subject to be talking about. It just frustrates me that this sort of thing is allowed to happen without consequence, in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter but I do slightly resent these people being able to make all this money from gullible, impressionable and young teenagers.

I'm sure this whole fiasco won't affect Zoe in the slightest, at the end of the day Zoe will always be the winner. Whilst, we're all sitting here giving an opinion on someone we've never met, she's in her expensive house with her book and her freebies laughing all the way to the bank. Her second book will come out and her fans will happily lap it up and praise Zoe, but I know that I won't be able to take any of her book signings or interviews seriously when I know she hasn't written any of it. If it were me, I feel like the best thing to do now would be to write a blog post or make a video explaining the whole situation, what the ghostwriter's involvement was and apologise, then everyone can move on. Who knows whether Zoe will do any of this, but I feel like something needs to change here.

I'd love to hear your thoughts because I think this is a really interesting discussion, let me know in the comments what you think!

Monday, 1 December 2014

I've Started a Youtube Channel!

So, in my last post I mentioned how apprehensive I was about making youtube videos, I was really worried people would be judging me. But I've decided to not care what other people think and just do it. So here it is, my first video where I share with you what I've been loving recently. I'm very new to this whole editing and video thing so bare with me!

It would really mean a lot to me if you subscribed to my channel, or even if you just give it a quick like or comment, it would make my day!

See you soon!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Self Confidence!


So, recently I decided I wanted to start making youtube videos. I started to get quite excited thinking about all the videos I could make, I learnt how to edit videos and I was all ready to start making them. Then the self doubt started.

I suddenly realised people would actually be watching them, judging me, perhaps laughing at me and I got scared. Chances are nobody will watch them anyway, and the sensible side of me realises that nobody will be laughing at me. And even if they do, so what? They're strangers who I will never meet. But I was, and still am, slightly terrified of making them.

However, I've decided to just confront my fears and make my first video, I might find making youtube videos is not for me regardless of my confidence or not, but I won't know until I have at least tried.

Wish me luck! Also, let me know in the comments if you've faced any fears or had a battle with confidence recently?

Hannah xxx

As always you can find me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and bloglovin

Monday, 10 November 2014

Negativity On The Internet


Why is it people are so keen to be nasty towards others online? Recently Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella from Youtube) wrote a blog post about her recent experience with online bullies, and let's face it, they are good old fashioned bullies hidden behind a computer and the knowledge that nobody will find out who they are. But why do people do it? What compels someone to think being nasty to someone they don't know is acceptable?

The other day, I completely by accident stumbled across a gossip forum dedicated to Youtubers, this forum was basically a place for people to critique or compliment (you can imagine how many times the former outweighed the latter) Youtubers. I know I should have just clicked away from the site and not read anything but the more I read, the more I just couldn't believe that these people were spending their lives saying mean and hurtful things about certain Youtubers that they didn't know personally. I don't understand that mentality at all, why watch something you don't enjoy?

Personally, there are certain Youtubers that I am not a fan of and who I don't particularly like. Therefore, I don't want their videos, I don't follow them on twitter or instagram, I avoid them because I know I would not get any enjoyment out of watching them. And that is what Youtube is for, entertainment, nobody is forcing you to watch these videos, nobody is forcing you to comment on these videos calling someone a "b***h" or any other rude and hateful words I've seen people use.

I will say however, that it can also go too far the other way, the way people are almost too loving towards Youtubers creeps me out sometimes. I feel like it's important that these Youtubers aren't just surrounding themselves with people that will constantly tell them how amazing they are, but that's a blog post for another day. What I'm trying to say is that sometimes, critique is a good thing. But I think these bullies on the internet are confusing helpful, constructive critique with simple, shameless bullying, there's no other way to describe it.

It's such a shame that people like Zoella are afraid to upload content for fear of what these cowardly, spiteful people will say. It's not right that these anonymous people are able to sit behind a computer screen and scrutinize every tiny detail, you wouldn't sit in front of someone you hate in real life and tell them to their face that you hate them, that you think they're too fat or too skinny or too this or too that, so why is it okay to do it when the person can't see your face? Put yourself in that position, would you like to read hundreds of comments every day insulting every tiny part of you?

There is far too much negativity on the internet and in most cases the answer is simple, If you are not enjoying what you are watching, go and find something more to your liking. Life is too short to be so nasty when your time could be better spent spreading positivity and making somebody happy.

I'm sorry for how long this post is but I've been thinking about this for a while and I feel like it's a really important discussion. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Hannah xxx

(You can find me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and bloglovin)

Saturday, 8 November 2014

These Boots Were Made For Walkin'


Before I start this post I should probably confess that as I am new to the blogging game, my pictures will not be of a particularly high standard so bare with me!

Now onto more exciting things. I am currently obsessed with winter boots, I think they look so cute and for so long now I've been desperate to find a pair. After scouring the internet to try and find the style I wanted, I eventually found a pair I loved in Brantano. They are super comfy and stylish, they don't have a heel because I just wanted a pair that were really casual and I could wear anywhere,

They look great teamed with skinny jeans and a leather jacket, a perfect autumn/winter outfit!

What are you loving this autumn? Have you found any amazing boots? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon! Hannah xxx

You can find the pair of boots I bought on the Brantano website.

As always you can find me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and bloglovin.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Center Parcs - Always a family favourite!

Center Parcs/"a posh Butlins"/relaxing escape from the manic day to day life. Whatever you want to call it, there's nowhere I love going to more than Center Parcs. It's my happy place.

As a family we have been going since i was three years old (I'm now 22 so you can imagine how long it's been!) and i reckon we've probably been over 20 times, mostly to Elveden Forest but a few years ago we also visited Longleat (not our favourite, riding bikes up those hills was practically impossible! and it all just looked really old). This past weekend however, we visited Woburn Forest for the very first time. Woburn opened in June and when we heard a new park was opening we knew we'd have to visit!

As we were only there for the weekend, and we'd also heard the park was fairly small we unusually decided not to hire bikes. as it turns out the walk from our lodge to the main center was actually pretty far (my legs are only just starting to forgive me!). Speaking of lodges, ours was nice. It was a little bit small but it was cosy (almost too cosy, inside was so insulated it became boiling at times!)

We're not a particularly adventurous family so things like rock climbing and various other activities are off the cards, but we played tennis and badminton and just spent a lot of time chilling in starbucks, not particularly strenuous but sometimes it's just nice to relax and not have to do anything.

We were really lucky with the weather. It was sunny pretty much the whole time we were there, apart from the one time we were sat outside and it decided to bucket it down with rain! But we had our waterproofs and were well prepared for the british weather!

The food was awesome. Usually we go to Centerparcs for a week and we eat in and cook some nights, but as we were just there for a weekend we ate out at the sports bar (where we also came second in the family quiz!), Strada and Hucks. I always love the restuarants at center parcs but I always finish the holiday feeling like i've eaten my weight in food!

There is always a nice little selection of shops. The Store Room is probably my favourite, I got a bit addicted to the gorgeous smells and the bath bomb section.

Of course I had to buy something, choosing what to buy was so hard though, In the end i found the cutest christmas decoration and this Cath Kidston bag which i'm completely in love with!

So that was my trip to Center Parcs, it was so much fun as always and we're already planning our next trip (although we're yet to decide whether to go to Elveden Forest or back to Woburn again!)

But what about you? Have you ever been to Center Parcs? Did you enjoy it? I'd love to know your thoughts. Do you have any favourite weekend getaways of your own? Let me know in the comments.

Hannah xxx

As always you can find me on twitter, tumblrinstagram and bloglovin

Thursday, 16 October 2014

I'm Lovin' Bloglovin!

So whose on Bloglovin? I've recently discovered how great a website it is. You can link your blog to your profile, browse other blogs that interest you really easily and it's such a fun way of blogging! I'd definitely reccomend it, you can find me here: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/13023593/?claim=cumqmdvypgs

See you there!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

At The End of the Universe, You're Busy Blogging!

So this is what blogging feels like?

Hello! I should probably do a little introduction. I'm Hannah, i'm 22 and i'm from a sleepy little town in England, East Sussex where nothing really happens.

In the last few months I have become an avid viewer of youtubers and bloggers, there's just something about them and their videos or blogs that's just fun and easy to watch and read, it's just five or so minutes of harmless escapism and I really enjoy them. Recently, I have also started to become even more interested in the creation of these videos and blogs. I became more and more eager to start creating my own stuff, and so this blog was born.

Now, I won't lie, I'm not a make up or fashion expert, nor am I'm great at photography. I have a love for all those things but I don't have the experience to start blogging about it. What I do have however, is a passion for tv shows, films, books, fictional characters and a giant dollop of opinions on various things.

I have also started my own youtube channel: HannahsChannel. It would be amazing if you subscribed, there are no videos on there yet but I hope to change that soon. I'm really excited to have a channel and a blog to share my opinions and thoughts.

I can't promise what I talk about will be interesting or of any use to you, but you should hop on board for the ride anyway and we'll see where this takes us!

Hannah xxx

(You can follow me on twitter, instagram and tumblr)

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